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Elijah Woods sentenced on firearm charge

4:32 PM, Apr 13, 2012   |    comments
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East St. Louis, IL (KSDK) - An Alton, Illinois man was sentenced Friday on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

Court documents state the investigation began September 19, 2010 when Alton police officers noticed a passing vehicle at the intersection of Wescot Street and Central Avenue in Alton, Illinois.

As the vehicle passed, officers smelled marijuana.

The officers stopped the vehicle, and as they exited their police vehicle, the person sitting in the front passenger seat began to exit the car.

Police ordered the passenger to get back in the vehicle, and as they did so, 28-year-old Elijah Woods got out of the back passenger side of the vehicle and began walking away from officers.

The officers ordered Woods to stop, and at this point he looked over his shoulder and said, "I don't need to stop."

As they began to pursue Woods, the front seat passenger yelled, "He has a gun."

The officers saw the fully-loaded firearm on the floorboard behind the front passenger seat where Woods had been sitting.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle said they had picked up Woods, who they knew as "Chris Taylor" near the Cowboy Market in Alton.

Woods was sentenced Friday to 96 months in prison, three years of supervised release, ordered to pay a $375 fine, and a $100 special assessment.

He also had to forfeit the firearm and admitted he possessed the gun though he knew it was illegal.


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